Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Uploading Video

For the curated videos to be posted on the departmental site, might consider going through tubemogul.com

Monday, May 3, 2010

ATEC Administration Feedback

Below is a message sent via email to Dr. Marge Zielke

Good Afternoon Dr. Zielke,
For a group project in my social media class, we are focusing on developing a hub (Ning based) to allow ATEC students to access available resources (ex. atec.utdallas.edu; Facebook, Twitter, Blog groups; ATEC Presents etc).

I wanted to get your opinion from an administrator's perspective of what the department would think about having such a hub available via a link on the actual atec.utdallas.edu page.

We greatly appreciate your help and feedback,

Her response:

ATEC Advisor Feedback

Below is a message sent via email to ATEC Advisor Tara Lewis

Good Afternoon Tara,

My name is Christie Wright and I am working on a group ATEC project. Our main goal is to further examine existing ATEC student resources to create a new and improved web strategy plan for ATEC.

As our advisor we would love to pick your brain on a couple of issues. Please feel free to be as brief or detailed as you would like.

What is your opinion on the current ATEC website?

What additional functions and/or resources would you like the ATEC website to include?

Other comments

Thank you for all of your help,

-Christie Wright

MFA Candidate

Hi Christie,

I would say that the ATEC website needs updating. I’m not sure who is or has been working on it. I think it would be nice to incorporate more social media connections into the website such as Twitter feeds and whatnot.

Along those lines I would recommend checking out atecpresents.com, a website created and run by undergraduate students.

Let me know if you need more information.


Tara Lewis M.Ed.

Assistant Director of Undergraduate Education

for Arts & Technology

ATEC 1.704
(M-F 8:00am - 4:30pm)

(972) 883-4331



ATEC Presents Founder Feedback

The following email was sent to the ATEC Presents "Contact Us" section

Good Afternoon,
I am in working on a group project for my social media class and would love to get your feedback.

Basically we are trying to create a NING based hub to give ATEC students access to resources such as ATEC Presents.

I would love to get your opinion on what has worked thus far and what you would have done differently.

Thank you for your help,
-Christie Wright
MFA Candidate

Below is the response from Michael Tsai

(below is the response in a legible format)
Hello Christie,

Well we've evolved quite a lot over the past year and a half. When we started this project it was for a school project. Our goal was to make a website full of useful
content and resources, where users can login, post whatever they want, have discussions, collaborate on projects and eventually meet in person. We knew that
students like ourselves were more comfortable meeting online because of work and comfort zone.

That didn't work out because we were dealing with software that was foreign and the lack of time and support to put in on such a big website didn't make much
sense for just two people. So we went back to the drawing board.

We knew we were facing and challenging facebook and other sites that people were already familiar with so we wanted to make something just for UTD students, (this
is the same idea for Tier 1, I just forgot to include this bit above) We've learned students don't really like to get outside their comfort zone and try out new things. Sad
to say and hear this but it is true. When someone learns they need to register and wait for a confirmation they make a U-turn. I on the other hand love trying out new
things and sites that are experimental.

Ah yes, I forgot to introduce myself. My name is Yung Tsai, but most people call me Michael. I am one of the curators for ATEC PRESENTS alongside with Philip Atha.

Now back to what we've learned - We also learned that some students just don't care to interact with ppl so we decided to simplify things and do more work. What you
see now is just a gallery. We post submissions on the site, cut, crop, and post on facebook and Twitter. People are lazy and they don't want to do most of the work.
This is why Tier 1 didn't work, there was too much work, like registering, making a new profile, make a bio, e.t.c //

This Tier 2 (we've really gone through more than two tiers, the others are not important to discuss because they are not related entirely to your question, mostly it has
to do with software) from what we've learned from the feedback from students is a great way visually to explain what ATEC is all about. Personally it's a great wake-up
call for students who don't put their entire time on working on their 3D models.

Lastly, as an artist , and I think it's safe to say that every student in the ATEC department is an artist, we MUST do a lot of work to perfecting our skills AND to promote
ourselves. The problem I think with Tier 1 is that students (and I may sound bitter but I'm not) really don't want to do the work themselves in promoting their work.
Personally I know colleagues and close friends who only do classwork and put that in their portfolio, they later realized that that's not enough to satisfy a company
looking for original and creative works. Students really need to understand that they need to work really really hard on their portfolio or they will be like the many others
I know who still can't find jobs or are going back to school to get a Masters ........when they should just work harder.

They also need to utilize tools like Twitter for
resources, inspirations, news, and feedback. They need to start following people from the industry, other artists in their line of work who can HELP them, I think a lot of
people who use Twitter have a misconception of what it is ONLY used for, it's not about tweeting what you ate in the afternoon (though I may have done it a couple of
times) or following someone who only tweets about their favorite foods, it's a tool, and they need to start using it the right way.
So in short follow people who are helpful to you.

Let's recap:
1. Tier 2 works because we SIMPLIFIED it.
2. People are lazy. (sad face*)
3. If we could do things differently we would still have Tier 1 but there's a problem, that's #2 on this list.

Well I've said too much and probably not enough at the same time. I hope this helps.

Michael Tsai.

ATEC Presents Feedback

The following message was sent to ATEC Present fans via Facebook

Title: ATEC Presents
Hi ______,
My name is Christie Wright and I am working on a group ATEC project. Our main goal is to further examine existing ATEC student resources.

Since you are a fan of ATEC Presents I would love your feedback. Please feel free to be as brief or detailed as you would like.

What functions do you like about ATEC Presents?

What functions would you add or improve on ATEC Presents?

Other comments:

Thank you so much for your help,
-Christie Wright
MFA Candidate

Here are the responses I received:

(Philip's comment below in legible format)

What functions do you like about ATEC Presents?

Ever since Michael and I designed AP we've been thinking about more things to put into it. I guess in terms of the things that I like that I think turned out successful would be the gallery. We slaved for a long time trying to come up with the most practical gallery showcase that would lend itself to most all general ATEC projects and I think this one fits the bill.

What functions would you add or improve on ATEC Presents?

1. I think first and foremost it would be great if it could serve a greater purpose to the academic portion of ATEC. Initally when we first built the site we used a system called Drupal, and I had configured it so that users could upload their own tutorials whether text or video and the idea was that students could learn off of one another and learn much more outside of class. It never really caught on, but I think that the primary reason was because we couldn't any instructors to get on board with it and submit instruction material. I think Todd Fechter is the only professor who uses streaming videos in conjunction with his classes, but it's entirely hidden unless students are aware of its presence.

2. In a way, I guess I wanted it also to do what WebCT/Orion was supposed to do (and failed at), but more geared towards ATEC/eMac students only. That would ultimately include things like class assignment tracking, a working chat tool, a whiteboard system, forum, etc. but these would all be seamlessly integrated with the gallery. You might picture it as a sort of ATECized DeviantArt meets Facebook. Of course none of that would ever come to fruition because Facebook already exists.

3. This is big dreaming but. I would LOVE... LOVE, to have some way that we could implement a web based game player like Unity3D or Torque 3D. This would greatly rely on the fact that game development students create work using these engines, but I think it would be an extremely powerful and impressive component. ATEC currently does not have a means of showing off virtual world/game projects outside of the classroom, unless its prerecorded video which no students or teacher takes the time to bother with.

Other comments:
I'd be lying if I said I've enjoyed working on ATECPresents. It has been an uphill battle. Now in my senior year I've convinced myself that its a type of conceptual project that sounds great on paper but can never really work practically because it requires every student being a consistently active member. If the students collectively posted as much information into AP as they do Facebook it would be a flourishing wonderland of art, creativity, and knowledge. They don't however and as I've talked to students again and again throughout my years the dialog with everyone seems to be the same. We are not being taught the ways of this industry properly. Students constantly come to me with stories of consistent disappointment with the level of depth to their ATEC classes, and I think that it's that sort of morale killer that changes their perspective from getting involved to simply getting a degree and getting out.

The future for AP looks pretty bleak actually. Michael and I are the only two students we know that decided to grab a hold of our education and get the most out of it we possibly could, and that included trying to get this showcase going and getting a bigger picture of where ATEC's standing is as a department, but we are both graduating now. That being said we don't know of other students that want to take the reigns to keep AP alive, so if you know someone who needs a web burden let me know :)

Tuesday, April 27, 2010


This is interesting! I found collabratec.com which appears to be a class blog for ATEC 6351! It talks about the same thing we were talking about! Link: http://www.collabratec.com/?p=121

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

My Part of the Final Presentation

Just to let you know, I am doing the NING site and/or screenshots for the ATEC L!VE site for our presentation in May.